The mayor of Kansas City says there could still be more victims in the rubble of a restaurant that was destroyed by a gas explosion and fire yesterday evening.
Search crews have recovered one body. Authorities had been looking for a woman who had worked at JJ's restaurant and was seen there before the blast. They had earlier said she was the only person still unaccounted for.
But Mayor Sly James says authorities can't be "100% sure" that they have accounted for everyone.
Crews using flashlights, cadaver dogs and heavy equipment are racing to finish the search ahead of a winter storm.
The explosion occurred after a construction crew apparently struck a natural gas line, touching off a blast that could be felt for nearly a mile.
Fifteen people were injured in the blast. Six are still hospitalized.
The city's fire chief says the precise cause of the gas leak is still under investigation. Firefighters had received a call less than an hour before the explosion saying that a construction worker had hit a gas line near the restaurant.
It's not clear how hard firefighters or utility officials worked to evacuate the restaurant after gas was first noticed. The mayor and the fire chief say the fire department deferred to the gas utility, since it had more expertise in assessing the situation. (AP)